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Vasilios Papaioannu

Vasilios Papaioannu, MFA

Assistant Professor

  • Media, Journalism, Film & Communication
  • School of Communications


Vasilios Papaioannu is a filmmaker, photographer and mixed media artist currently based in Washington, DC. In his work Papaioannu explores the fleeting dreamscapes of reality using noise, movement and disturbance. He hybridizes different modes of filmmaking, unifying variegated media, primarily 16mm film, digital video and archival footage. His works have been shown in various venues around the world, such as Crossroads at SFMOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Cork International Film Festival, Festifreak, Analogica, Cámara Lúcida, Engauge Film Festival, EXiS, L’ Alternativa, Antimatter [media art], Montreal Underground Film Festival, Revelation Perth Film Festival and Sharjah Film Platform. Papaioannu holds an MA in Communication, Text Semiotics and Cinema from the University of Siena in Italy and an MFA in Film and Cinematography from Syracuse University in New York. Papaioannu is currently an Assistant Professor at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University.

Education & Expertise


MFA in Film

Master of Fine Arts
Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Transmedia, Syracuse, NY 
 (now Department of Film and Media Arts)

Laurea Magistrale (MA) in Communication, Text Semiotics & Cinema

Master of Arts
University of Siena, Humanities Faculty, Siena, Italy



Scriptwriting III/Thesis (MFA)

Cinematography II (MFA)

Film History (MFA)

Film Analysis (MFA)

Film Criticism (MFA)

Production/Distribution/Exhibition (MFA)

Independent Study (MFA)

Film Directing (BA)

Scriptwriting (BA)

Media Production II (BA)

Intro to Media Production (BA)

Film History (BA)




Directing•Writing•Producing•Editing•Color correction & grading•VFX•Sound design•Analog & Digital Cinematography•Photography•Narrative•Experimental•Documentary•Animation•Music videos•Video Art•Film history/Theory•Semiotics